Arsenal stopper Petr Cech explains Newcastle defeat and slams Gunners' away form

Carrie Guzman
April 15, 2018

Arsenal's bench has plenty of youth about it too off the back of their 2-2 draw in Russian Federation against CSKA Moscow on Thursday, which secured a place in the Europa League semi-finals.

Newcastle have pulled clear of the relegation zone in recent weeks with three successive wins and they will fancy their chances this afternoon in front of a packed house at St James's Park.

Arsenal also received some good news after Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa suffered a hamstring injury to leave him a doubt for the semi-final first leg on April 26.

Ritchie, though stunned the Gunners with a second goal for Newcastle with 68 minutes played, as he smashed home past Cech, having picked up a Perez flick as Nacho Monreal's poor headed clearance fell for second-half substitute Islam Slimani, who nodded the ball down to the goalscorer.

Four minutes later, Arsenal took the lead as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sent a cross into the box, where Alexandre Lacazette was on hand to volley home.

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Alex Iwobi nearly doubled Arsenal's lead moments later with a stinging strike that forced a good save from Martin Dubravka.

Perez made a perfectly-timed run to meet Yedlin's cross with a fine finish that flashed by Petr Cech at his near post. "Still feel you're capable of finishing above Burnley", - Match of the Day host and former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker fired over a sarcastic tweet as his former rivals sit sixth in the table and just two points above the Clarets.

The Gunners though always seem to shoot themselves in the foot and that is exactly what they did in the 29th minute as Ayoze Perez finished off a cross at the near post after getting away from his marker to level proceedings for the home side.

Kenedy, on loan from Chelsea, came close to putting the result beyond doubt with a looping effort that hit the crossbar with Cech beaten.

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